4 Tips for Cutting Your Newborn’s Fingernails
Newborn babies are perfect. Tiny ears, tiny noses, tiny wrists, and itty-bitty fingers and toes. The first time you lay eyes on your baby you’ll probably be overcome with just how little they are. You’ll be mesmerized. A few days or weeks later, though, you’ll likely begin to feel more puzzled than mesmerized when it comes time to cut your newborn's fingernails. Just how exactly are you supposed to do something so delicate with someone so small? Most parents worry about hurting their baby when they cut their fingernails but follow the tips below and you’ll be giving fantastic mini-manicures in no time!
1. Consider using an emery board instead of traditional nail clippers
When babies are very young, you can usually use an emery board or traditional nail file as opposed to using nail clippers. Though most nail clippers are guarded, parents tend to feel nervous as they clip their babies nails. Using an emery board can reduce anxiety and ensure the job gets done without any tears.
2. Give it a try when they’re asleep
When newborns are awake they’re often surprisingly wiggly. Instead of trying to wrangle your baby into being still while they're awake, consider cutting or filing their nails when they’re napping and still.
3. Make it a team effort
Trying to clip your baby’s nails for the first time can be overwhelming. Instead of going it alone, ask your partner or another loved one to hold your baby as you take care of their nails. Doing something hard can feel much easier when you’re doing it with someone who supports you, so don’t hesitate to ask!
4. Remember that this to shall pass
Taking care of a newborn is hard. As you struggle through the first few nail sessions with your baby, remember that in time this (all of it) will begin to feel easier and more natural.
Good luck out there parents!
Do you have any tips on caring for your newborn's nails?